1. pertaining to or consisting in utility.
  2. having regard to utility or usefulness rather than beauty, ornamentation, etc.
  3. of, relating to, or adhering to the doctrine of utilitarianism.
  1. an adherent of utilitarianism.

Origin of utilitarian

First recorded in 1775–85; utilit(y) + -arian
Related formsan·ti·u·til·i·tar·i·an, adjective, nounnon·u·til·i·tar·i·an, adjective, nounun·u·til·i·tar·i·an, adjective

Synonyms for utilitarian

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British Dictionary definitions for non-utilitarian


  1. of or relating to utilitarianism
  2. designed for use rather than beauty
  1. a person who believes in utilitarianism
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Word Origin and History for non-utilitarian


1781, coined by Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) from utility. One guided by the doctrine of the greatest happiness for the greatest number.

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